Minneapolis Police to Host Safety Walk for UMinn. Students

Updated: 12/06/2013 12:10 PM
Created: 12/06/2013 12:02 PM
By: Katherine Johnson

There are 2,300 security cameras and extra patrols stationed on the University of Minnesota campus in an effort to crack down on crime, but the problems are shifting.  It's not necessarily safety on campus students are worried about, its the surrounding neighborhoods.

Lily Grebe is a freshmen from Rochester.

"I like big cities," she said. "It was kind of my dream school."

And with a bigger city comes more crime.  

"My friends always text me saying don't even walk in Dinkytown at night!" said Junior Christine Nolde.

U of M Police have sent out 10 crime alerts just since the beginning of the school year warning students of a gun on campus, robberies, attempted kidnappings and even a sexual assault. Minneapolis police are now getting involved, helping patrol campus and the surrounding neighborhoods.

"They're preying on college students and it's much easier to attack someone outside of a college campus than it is inside of campus," said Grebe.

"I think it's mores like Como and Marcy park where you really have to ... don't even walk out there at night," said Nolde.

The Como and Marcy Holmes neighborhoods are the areas where police say students are becoming targets.  

"It's pretty alarming," said Grebe. "I'm in a sorority and it's kind of over there where all the crimes have been."

Police are taking action tonight.

Students, neighbors, faculty and staff are all invited to meet at the Van Cleve Park building at 7 p.m. to walk the Como and Marcy Holmes neighborhoods with officers. They'll be pointing out dangerous areas, teaching how to look for suspicious behavior and encouraging homeowners and renters to leave porch lights on at night.

The Senate Higher Education Committee will also be addressing the issue of campus safety at their upcoming meeting scheduled for Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the Capitol to address these recent issues and talk about prevention with other local metro agencies.

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